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McIlroy named European Tour Golfer of the Year


The accolades continue to roll in for world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who was unanimously named European Tour Golfer of the Year on Tuesday.

McIlroy, who already was honored as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, won the yearlong Race to Dubai and closed his season with a stirring victory at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

That was his fifth worldwide title of the season, as McIlroy became the youngest player in 32 years to capture the Harry Vardon Trophy. He also won the Golfer Writers’ Trophy.

“Everyone who knows me knows how special the 2012 season was,” McIlroy said in a statement. “Now, to have been named as the European Tour Golfer of the Year puts the icing on the cake.

“It is a very special honor, indeed, and you only need to look down the list of players who have preceded me as the winner of this award to see precisely why – quite simply, it is a who’s who of golf and I’m delighted to now be a part of that in the history books.”

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